OSU Today

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Today in the News Media

Today in the News Media is a synopsis of some of the most prominent coverage of OSU people and programs. Inclusion of any item constitutes neither an endorsement nor a critique, but rather is intended only to make the OSU community aware of significant items in the media.

Is social networking changing the face of medicine? (U.S. News & World Report)

The reaction to the 2009 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendations that women in their 40s did not need routine mammograms was swift and furious. Using email, social networking sites and electronic bulletin boards, breast cancer survivors vented their outrage. The reaction to the task force’s recommendations “was a great illustration of how two worlds collide,” said Kristin K. Barker, a sociologist at Oregon State University, and lead author of a new study. (See also iVillage)

Is increased debt inflating the self-esteem of graduates? (Huffington Post)

How did American culture shift to the point where everyone is totally fine with carrying such large amounts of debt?” asked Michelle Barnhart, an assistant professor of marketing at Oregon State University. Earlier this spring, she completed a study that examined how Americans became burdened with five-figure credit card bills and “mortgage payments up to their eyeballs.”

In-state tuition bill won’t get vote (Statesman Journal)

The Oregon House will not have an up-or-down vote on a bill allowing in-state tuition rates for state university students, regardless of immigration status.A discharge petition received signatures from 26 members — short of the 31 required that makes up a majority — by the deadline Tuesday. So Senate Bill 742, heard by the House Rules Committee on May 11 but never advanced, likely is dead.

OSU grad driven to help in the world (Gazette-Times)

Aparna Shrivastava was a self-described dork in high school. So when she came to Oregon State University as a freshman in fall 2006, her biggest goal was to be as outgoing as possible. She aimed to meet 10 new people every day and go to a new meeting for different types of student organizations every day of the school week.

Girls who play in dirt, mud grow up healthier, researcher says (KING 5)

In her research, Oregon State University philosopher, Sharyn Clough, found that women have higher rates of allergies, asthma and other autoimmune disorders because they tend to be so clean.

Ranchers Feeding Kids program (AgInfo)

Many school lunch programs focus on fruits and vegetables but according to Anna Marie Chamberlain, Oregon State University Livestock and Range Management Extension Agent the Ranchers Feeding Kids program helps get beef meals to students.

Robots at play (Gazette-Times)

The atrium at Oregon State University’s Kelley Engineering Center was the venue where a group of shuffleboard-playing robots – yes, robots – caused quite a commotion. The robots were designed and built by 36 electrical and computer engineering, mechanical engineering and computer science students taking an interdisciplinary applied robotics class. (See also KVAL)

OSU students design meditation space for new student center (LIFE@OSU)

Oregon State University interior design seniors have taken their education and applied it to help make the new Student Experience Center (SEC) a more “zenful” place.

A world cup every month (News Times South Africa)

There has never been an occasion in history when arguments between nations over water have been a cassus belli. That’s the encouraging view from Oregon State University’s Aaron Wolf who specialises in water resources policy and conflict resolution and who addressed the recent SA Water & Energy Forum with great authority. But is that about to change?

Computer simulation guides tsunami evacuees to safety (Daily Astorian)

Produced by Oregon State University Professor Harry Yeh and computer technologist Jonathan Karon, six computerized simulations show where people might go when the Cascadia subduction earthquake and tsunami hit Cannon Beach.

Natural speaker makes his mark through research and practice (Gazette-Times)

You know that oft-referenced survey that concluded most people would rather have major dental surgery than speak in public? Kyle Bidwell never took part in that survey. The Oregon State University senior loves nothing more than speaking out in public. And after spending the past two years on the university’s forensics club, he’s very good at it.

OSU sets up literary prize (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University has received a $600,000 gift from an alumnus to establish one of the top literary prizes in the nation and recognize the university’s 12-year-old master of fine arts program in creative writing.

Kelly Cutrone tells us to be different, but then what? (National Post)

“If you look back at decades before the Second World War, you would see disorder and unpredictability,” says Richard Settersten, co-author with Barbara E. Ray of Not Quite Adults and a professor at Oregon State University.

OSU commencement ceremony to include local grads (Tillamook Headlight Herald)

Oregon State University will hold its 142nd annual commencement on Saturday, June 11, with the largest graduating class in its history. More than 4,600 students are in the class of 2011, which will hold its graduation ceremony at Reser Stadium beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Catholic-schooled publisher moving into university PR (Catholic Sentinel)

After more than 35 years in the Oregon newspaper industry, Central Catholic High School graduate Steve Clark is leaving to become the vice president for university relations and marketing at his alma mater, Oregon State University.


Public Sale at the OSUsed Store: The OSUsed Store is open for its public sale Wednesday, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th St. Departments may shop weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the exception of Wednesday mornings, but personal purchases may only be made during public sale hours. For more information, please visit http://surplus.oregonstate.edu.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Science Pub: Jim Myers, an Oregon State University expert in vegetable breeding, will explore the stories behind some of the vegetable varieties that show up at farm markets and on dinner tables at the Corvallis Science Pub on June 13. The program begins at 6 p.m. at the Old World Deli, 341 Second St., in downtown Corvallis. It is free and open to the public.

NEW! Ayres/Roberts Retirement Reception: A farewell reception is planned for Bill Ayres and Marty Roberts on June 30 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. in MU 109-B Schille Room. Bill has provided technical expertise for OSU for a total of 40 years, beginning as a graduate student and now retiring from Network Services.  Marty’s career at OSU spans 31 years, and she retires from the College of Forestry.  Please contact Judy Ivey judy.ivey@oregonstaate.edu with questions.

Rare German film screened again: Because of the incredible success of the two premiere showings of “Die Taube auf dem Dach” (“The Dove on the Roof”) last week, they are adding one more opportunity to see this film. It will be screened for free on June 9, 8:30 pm., Darkside Cinema, 215 SW 4th Street, Corvallis. Make sure to get there at least half an hour early to secure your tickets. You will need to get a (free) ticket from the snack bar.

Faculty senate: The June 9 Faculty Senate agenda is available online. The meeting begins at 3 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center Construction and Engineering Hall. Agenda items include: Action Items – Consideration of Degree Candidates; Proposed revisions to two Standing Rules; Six Category I proposals. Special Reports – Athletics Update; Joint Task Force on Shared Governance Report.

McCubbin reception: A farewell reception for Jeff McCubbin, HHS Executive Associate Dean for Graduate and Research Programs, takes place June 9 from 1 to 2:30 pm in Milam 119. He has been appointed the Dean of the College of Applied Human Sciences at Colorado State University, and leaves OSU in June. Please contact Michelle Mahana michelle.mahana@oregonstate.edu with questions.

Lectures, seminars and symposiums

NEW! Rural communities conference: A conference at OSU on June 24-25 will examine how to strengthen the economic and social vibrancy of rural communities. Ben Hewitt, the author of “The Town That Food Saved: How One Community Found Vitality in Local Food,” and Tom Stearns, the founder of High Mowing Organic Seeds, will be the opening keynote presenters. The event will be at the LaSells Stewart Center and the CH2M HILL Alumni Center. The cost is $279 for both days, or $175 for June 24 and $150 for June 25. More information is at http://r2r.rdiinc.org.

Summer Institute on Research Methodology for Faculty and Graduate Students: Alan C. Acock, University Distinguished Professor for Family Research, will be leading the Summer Institute July 12-15 in Autzen classroom, OSU Valley Library. Stata & Multilevel/Longitudinal Models using Stata July 12-13. Mplus and Longitudinal Modeling Using Mplus July 14-15. No background using Stata or Mplus is necessary.

News for Employees

NEW! Win a free massage: Doesn’t a massage sound great right about now? Complete this survey on wellness around campus and you can also enter to win a free hour-long massage in a random drawing, sponsored by BeWell@OSU.

NEW! OSU Soccer Day Camp: Send your little kicker to the OSU Soccer Day Camp this summer! Online registration is available at http://www.oregonstatesoccercamps.com. Day Camp is offered for girls entering 1st to 6th grade and boys entering 1st to 5th grade. Camp is June 20 – 24 from 9 a.m. to noon on the Paul Lorenz Soccer Field. Cost is $110. Contact Michelle Voiland at michelle.voiland@oregonstate.edu or Chris Brown at chris.brown@oregonstate.edu with questions.

NEW Spring buy back sale: It’s time for the OSU Bookstore’s Spring Buy Back Sale in the Memorial Union, East Ballroom.  10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Thursday. All merchandise is 75 percent off.

The Spin on Research: Our VP for Research recently spoke with major influencers from industry and government, about the segregation of research management and research performance, as well as other issues of relevance to OSU. Please subscribe to the blog, and join the conversation, at http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/researchupdate/

Campus Freight is moving: As of July 11, Campus Freight will move from Property Services to Cascade Hall (601 SW 17th St.). Please update your default shipping location for large freight orders (over 150 lbs) to this new address for orders to be received after this date. For questions, please call Fred Veitenheimer at 541-737-4019 or Judy Bankson at 541-737-3979.

OSU Women’s Basketball Girls Hoop Camp: Help the athlete in your family improve their game by playing with the OSU basketball team this summer! Online registration is available at http://www.oregonstatewbbcamps.com. Girls Hoop Camp is offered for female players entering third through eighth grade. OSU staff families receive a 15 percent discount off registration. Contact Ashley Shearer, WBB Director of Operations at 541-737-2800 with any questions.

Traffic and maintenance

Softball complex: Due to the ground breaking ceremony for the Track Complex, the free gravel parking lot south of the Softball Complex will be temporarily shutdown.  All vehicles must vacate this lot by 6 a.m. on June 14.  The lot should reopen by 6 p.m. June 14.

Jefferson Street parking: To accommodate “Student Move Out Days,” Jefferson street (between 30th St and the driveway into Fairbanks Hall parking lot) will be temporarily shutdown. This shutdown will begin at 6 a.m. today and should end by 6 p.m. on June 10.

Moreland Hall parking lot: Due to the construction of the new Native American Cultural Center, the parking lot directly south of Moreland Hall, will be permanently shutdown. This shutdown will begin June 13.

Bexell Hall: The elevator in Bexell Hall is experiencing intermittent failures and may affect service to all floors. Intermittent services may possibly extend through June 9.

Weniger parking lot: Due to fencing and construction staging, the Monroe/Weniger Lot will be temporarily shutdown and is to be free of all vehicles. The loading docks for both Gilbert Hall and Weniger Hall will remain open and accessible during this time. This shutdown will begin at 8 a.m. on June 13 and should reopen at 5 p.m. on Sept. 23.

Washington Way: Due to an Engineering Firm performing testing, the northeast parking lot on Washington Way, south of Wilson Hall and west of the childcare center, will be temporarily shutdown. This shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. on June 13 and should reopen by 5 p.m. June 17.

Campus wide: Due to annual maintenance on the campus steam distribution system, Facilities Services will need to temporarily shut down all steam services to the campus from 6 p.m. June 12 to noon June 15. This will affect all hot water and heating services.


To apply for the below positions, visit http://jobs.oregonstate.edu unless otherwise specified:

Oregon State University Business Services invites applications for a full time (1.0 FTE), 12-month Training Development Manager position. Duties include but are not limited to; Development and Delivery of Training, Assessment of Training Needs, Organizational Development, Training Days Coordinator, and Training Administration. Posting # 0007423. Closing date today.

The University Administrative Business Center invites applications for a full-time 1.00 FTE, 12-month, Accounting Manager position. This is an Internal Search, and is open to current, regular status OSU employees only. Posting #0007432. Closes June 9.

Oregon State University‘s University Housing & Dining Services (UHDS) is seeking a Trades Maintenance Worker 2. Posting #0007414. Closes June 10.

Oregon State University‘s University Housing & Dining Services (UHDS) is seeking an Administrative Program Specialist. Posting #0007413. Closes June 10.

Oregon State University Printing and Mailing Services invites applications for a full time (1.0 FTE), 12-month Administrative Program Assistant position. Posting # 0007445. Closes June 10.

The Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society is seeking a Faculty Research Assistant. This is a full-time, 12-month, fixed-term position. Posting #0007205. For full consideration, apply by June 10.

Administrative Program Assistant– OUS Study Abroad Programs invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Administrative Program Assistant position. Posting # 0007388. Closes June 10.

Head Advisor – International Degree & Education Abroad invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Head Advisor position. Posting # 0007229. Closes June 10.

OSU’s Department of Recreational Sports (DRS) is seeking a Coordinator of Events and Operations. This position is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term position. Posting #0007433. Closes June 15.

Information Delivery Analyst – Institutional Research invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Information Delivery Analyst position. Posting #0007243. Closes June 16.

The College of Agricultural Sciences invites applications for a Sponsored Research Program Administrator. Posting #0007323. Closes June 15.

Human Resources Manager – Business and Engineering Business Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term, professional faculty position. Posting #0007460. Closes June 19.

Cashier 2. Office of Business, Oregon State University, Student Finance Office, full time. Posting #0007459. Closes June 19.

The Office for Commercialization and Corporate Development (formerly the Office of Technology Transfer) seeks one, possibly two individuals with a background in lifescience and/or agricultural science to identify business opportunities, evaluate, and license disclosures from Oregon State University researchers. Posting # 0007437. Closes June 20.

The Office of Admissions invites applications for 2 full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term Admissions Advisor positions. Posting #0007455. Closes June 21.

Instructor — Human Development & Family Sciences in the College of Health & Human Sciences invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 9-month, Instructor position. Posting #0006769. Closes June 24.

University Housing and Dining Services invites applications for a full-time, 12-month Online Marketing Specialist. Posting #0007369. Closes June 27.

The University Library is recruiting for a full time, 12-month tenure-track position of Assistant Professor. Posting #0007278. For full consideration apply by June 3. Closes June 30.

The Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society seeks a post doctoral research associate for the AmeriFlux Network. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE) position. Posting # 0007427. Closes June 30.

Instructor/Internship Coordinator — Human Development & Family Sciences in the College of Health & Human Sciences invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Instructor/Internship Coordinator position. Posting #0007203. For full consideration application should be received by June 1; closes June 30.

Sea Grant Education Program Leader – Oregon Sea Grant invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Sea Grant Education Program Leader position. Posting #0 0007439. Closes July 10.

The Department of Microbiology seeks a full-time (1.0 FTE) Instructor. Posting # 0007311. Closes Aug. 1.

The Oregon State University Foundation has an opening for a Director of Development for Athletics. This position is located in the Portland Center office. For a complete job description and more information go to http://osufoundation.org/employment/

The Oregon State University Foundation is seeking an Associate Director of Annual Giving Programs / Director of the President’s Circle to join the Annual Giving Programs team. For more information go to http://osufoundation.org/employment/

The Oregon State University Foundation is seeking a Director of Gift Accounting to join the Finance Department and will be responsible for managing the areas of gift processing and receipting. For more information go to http://osufoundation.org/employment/


Corvallis: It may have felt like summer abandoned us after a brief flirtation, but the sun is returning, along with temperatures in the 70s. Although clouds will linger today, the high will reach 69, and tomorrow, we should see it warm up to a comfortable 74.

Central Oregon: The beautiful days just keep rolling in. We’ll have mostly sunny skies and a high of 67, and tomorrow we may see temperatures reach 75 with more sunshine on the way.

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